Child Care

The Children’s Friend Child Care Program is designed to provide quality care and education to children ages three, four, and five. (Child Care at Dexter Street is available for children six weeks to five years of age.)

Our goals are to foster a positive self-concept, develop social skills, promote language and physical development, encourage creative expression, and foster an awareness and respect of diverse cultures and values.

Experienced and degreed teachers lead each classroom. Bilingual staff are always available to help support the center’s children and families. A registered nurse is available to provide support and answer parents’ health questions.

Eligible families may use DHS child care vouchers.

A nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided, which have been approved by the Department of Education’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.*

The hours of operation for the Child Care Centers are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Child Care is available at these six locations. For more information, please contact the Child Development Supervisor for the specific location at the number provided.



Therapeutic Child Care Services – Kids Connect

This new service developed by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) provides specialized services for children and youth with special needs. This gives children and youth the opportunity to learn, play, and socialize with their friends.

The Kids Connect Program supports children with special needs in a mainstream setting. Through an inclusive integrated environment, the Kids Connect Program offers services by a specially trained staff that meet the needs of all children.

Who is eligible?

Medicaid eligible children who have special needs are eligible. Special needs include physical, developmental, behavioral and emotional. Infant, toddler, and preschool age children are eligible.

Children referred by a CEDARR Family Center and Children’s Friend Child Care.

* In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a compliant of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.